Join me as I travel around the country to fulfill my goal of running a marathon or half marathon in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Mastercard commerical: I'M A MARATHONER

Physical Therapy Appointments: $250
Brooks Running Shoes: $90
Flight to Nashville: $300
Becoming a Marathoner: Priceless


My goal for this race was just to finish, since it was my first full. The time doesn't mean much to me, but it you're wondering, it was: 5:14:59. I refuse to be embarrassed about that time even though it was 45 minutes after I expected to finish. I was not prepared for the heat of today and I did my best during the race, pushing myself as much as I could without risking serious injury to my body.

Did I walk a lot? Yes.
Did I finish every single step of 26.2 miles? You bet your ass I did.

I'm a marathoner and no one can ever take that away from me. It feels amazing.

I couldn't have done it without all of the support from my family, friends, and of course the running blog community. Love you all. Full re-cap of the race to come soon. And, of course, I'll be catching up on reading all your blogs soon, I promise!


2011 Resolutions said...

Oh CONGRATS!!!! That is so awesome!!!!! I am so pumped for you :) what a great accomplishment

Can't wait for your recap, after you eat and sleep, of course LOL :)

Team Lando said...

my first TWO were 5:13:36! best feeling ever.

Anonymous said...

Samantha, there is no need to be embarrassed, you did it. Congratulations!!!!

Summer Brooke said...


Kiley said...

YAY!! That's so exciting that you ran your first. I'm jealous! Love the commercial!

gloryrunning said...

Congratulations!! Looking forward to your report =)

Running Mama said...

Woo Hoo!! You're amazing. So proud of you. :)

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Congratulations! I don't know what on earth you'd be embarrassed about--you're a MARATHONER!!!!

Ms. Duffy said...


ashley (redonk runner) said...

congrats!!!!!!!!! must feel absolutely amazing! rest up and celebrate tonight.

the last few miles of the half, i was starting to get really hot and ready to be done, so i definitely had ya in my thoughts hating that you had to do 13 more in that heat!

Tara said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! You are a freaking rockstar and should be SOOOO proud of yourself!! I can't wait to read all about it!!

Julia said...

CONGRATS MARATHONER!!!! you are amazing!

Los Lebos said...

Wohhooooooooooo!!!!! You rock! Way to go! Your determination is amazing. There aren't many things I can imagine doing for 5 hours + straight. Running definitely isn't one of them. Awesome job!

Britt said...

Congrats! Revel in it!

Pritch said...

I am impressed, great job! I can only hope that my first is as successful as yours!

Jennifer said...

Yay! Congrats on your marathoner, you!

Run with Jess said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! So exciting for you! I plan to become a first-timer this year too.

theAlmostRunner said...

YES! so excited for you! can't wait for your recap.

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Congrats!! Who cares when you crossed the finish. You did and that's what counts!

Enjoy the celebration.

alisonds said...

Well done, that's an amazing accomplishment. You should be very proud of finishing no matter what time you do it in. Enjoy being an awesome marathon runner! x

Alyssa said...

You are AMAZING!! Finishing a marathon is such a huge accomplishment and you should feel SO super proud of yourself! Now go eat tons of delicious food, wear your medal everywhere you go, and tell everyone how awesome you are!

Pam said...

Congratulations!!! You did awesome! That is such a cool feeling :) Enjoy it!

Running Moose said...

Congratulations on your awesome achievement! You should be proud of yourself!

Kristin W said...

Awesome! Congrats! I can't wait until the day I can call myself a...halfer?

SeeAliEatSeeAliRun said...

Embarrassed?? What the h-e-double hockey sticks! That is freaking AMAZING!!! You are a MARATHONER!!!!!!
Get some sleep, eat and then go on and gloat. You have earned it!

Richelle said...

Congratulations! You are a marathoner and that is all that matters!

Eleanor said...

Sam! You did it!!!! Congrats! It was a hot one out there and the course was hilly, too. You finished and that is all that matters! Way to go :)

Sara said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have the HUGEST SMILE ON MY FACE RIGHT NOW!!! You are amazing - I am so happy for you. My first marathon ever is on May 15th and your post has given me so much encouragement for that day - thank you! I am so nervous about my race and you reminded me of a very important thing - my goal is to finish and I will do that! Way to go - I can't wait to read more about it!!!!
Going on my inspiration board: Did I walk a lot? Yes.
Did I finish every single step of 26.2 miles? You bet your ass I did.
I'm a marathoner and no one can ever take that away from me. It feels amazing.


Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

OK, I commented on this once before, but it really is amazing. I hope I feel this positive and happy when I finish my first marathon in November.

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